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KrakenD Benchmarks on AWS

Document updated on Oct 28, 2016

The following numbers show the execution results for the KrakenD benchmarks on Amazon EC2 machines.

Benchmark Setup

This set of benchmarks have been running on different AWS EC2 instances. Each individual test consists of spinning up 3 different machines, being:

  • A web server: A LWAN web server using an instance c4.xlarge. This is the “fake API” where KrakenD will take the data
  • The HTTP load generator: The machine actually running the load test. Uses hey, and runs in a t2.medium.
  • KrakenD: Each different test uses a different instance type in Amazon:

The test consists in running hey against a KrakenD endpoint. The KrakenD endpoint uses as the backend an URL in (LWAN). After running the test, the hey output is parsed and converted to CSV in order to generate the graphs.

For each instance type there are 2 different tests:

  • Proxy: When the KrakenD is just used as a gateway and calls to a single endpoint to the web server (/foo endpoint in the configuration).
  • Aggregate: When the KrakenD calls to 3 different endpoints in the web server and aggregates the results (/social endpoint in the configuration).

The instance types we tested are:

Instance TypeNumber of vCPUMemory
t2.micro11 GB
t2.medium24 GB
m4.large28 GB
c4.xlarge47.5 GB
c4.2xlarge815 GB

KrakenD Configuration for all tests

The configuration for the load test was stored in the krakend.json file, as follows:

  "version": 1,
  "host": [
  "endpoints": [
      "endpoint": "/foo",
      "method": "GET",
      "backend": [
          "url_pattern": "/bar"
      "concurrent_calls": "1",
      "max_rate": 100000
      "endpoint": "/social",
      "method": "GET",
      "backend": [
          "url_pattern": "/fb",
          "group": "fb"
          "url_pattern": "/youtube",
          "target": "data",
          "group": "youtube"
          "url_pattern": "/twitter",
          "group": "twitter"
      "concurrent_calls": "1",
      "timeout": "500ms",
      "cache_ttl": "12h"
  "oauth": {
    "disable": true
  "cache_ttl": "5m",
  "timeout": "5s"

Notice that Lwan is the backend running at lwan:8080.

And we started the KrakenD with this cmd (debug mode):

$krakend run --config krakend.json -d > /dev/null


Proxy test on t2.micro

Aggregate test on t2.micro

Proxy test on t2.medium

Aggregate test on t2.medium

Proxy test on m4.large

Aggregate test on m4.large

Proxy test on c4.xlarge

Aggregate test on c4.xlarge

Proxy test on c4.2xlarge

Aggregate test on c4.2xlarge


During all the tests we did, the instances of type c4 always showed a stable behavior while the m4 types didn’t offer a proportional increase in the performance and the variance of the responses is too high.

The instances micro provide nice figures of rps and latency for a good money. It looks like they suffer a little bit more in the aggregated tests but in general it is a good choice.

To be taken into account that this type of service is CPU intensive so when using t2 instances once you spend your CPU credit the instance will perform worst.

In general terms:

  • Use micro instances by default.
  • If you expect high and continued load with complex use cases (intensive aggregation and manipulation) c4.2xlarge is worth it
  • If you want to maintain quality of service with high load but a relative simple app, c4.xlarge
  • For low to moderate loads use micro or a cluster of micros.
  • We wouldn’t choose m4 in any scenario for the money/performance.

Look at the numbers and the use case you’ll have in order to choose the right solution for you. And more importantly, do the tests using your own data. This is a reference to contrast your own tests.


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